5 Miller Street

5 Miller Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
photographer: Sue Scarfe

Also known as Sturgess Terraces (1-11)
Previous Address 3 Miller Street before 1889
Constructed 14/10/1873
Style Victorian, Mid: 1860-1875
Builder William Sturgess, 20 Milton Street West Melbourne

Timelapse Building Images

photographer, Graeme Butler

Land Details

1. 1895 MMBW Map

2. Crown Compiled Record Plan

3. John Austin Keens purchased lot 10 at a Crown Land Auction on the 25th November 1858.

4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7305206

5. John Austin Keens was a wholesale and retail Ironmonger situated at 161 Elizabeth Street and 209 Swanston Street Melbourne according to the 1861 Sands & McDougall Melbourne Directory, page 231.

Building Details

Notice of intent to build.

Street: Miller & Curson (sic)

Number: 5634. Date 14/10/1873

Owner & Builder: William Sturgess, 20 Milton Street West Melbourne. (20 Milton St no longer exists)

Fee: 8.15.0

Type: Four 1-story, One 2-story houses. (All with a private back yard gardens)

(We believe the notice meant to say “Four 2-story & One 1-story houses”)

Other significant building works carried out by William Sturgess can be found here.

Burchett Index

Subsequent Building Alterations

New concrete verandah floor.

The original cast iron style lacework on the upper balcony that was removed in the 1950’s have since been restored.

Architectural Features

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Heritage Significance and Listings

Heritage Listings and Explanatory Notes

How is it significant?
The Sturgess row houses are significant historically and aesthetically to West Melbourne and the City of Melbourne.

Why is it significant?
The Sturgess row houses (1-11) are significant.
1. Historically, as in part the long-term residence of William Sturgess one of West Melbourne most successful developers and representative of a major growth period (Victorian-era) in West Melbourne; and
2. Aesthetically, for the distinctive arcaded end bay to the connected terrace row, and uncommon cast-iron detailing also as contributory to a significant Victorian-era streetscape.


From To Owner More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1958 1974 Teresa & Guiseppe Cinquergrana Hatcher Index
1950 1957 Antonio, Francesco & Maria Lamberti Hatcher Index
1936 1949 John Studley Folland Hatcher Index
1921 1935 Julia Smith & Johanna Green Hatcher Index
1920 1920 Thomas Morris Hatcher Index
1914 1919 Charles & Albert Surgess Hatcher Index
1904 1912 Henry Morrell Hatcher Index
1898 1902 Fanny Moulton Hatcher Index
1891 1897 Sturgess Trust Hatcher Index
1873 1891 William Sturgess Hatcher Index
1858 1872 John Austin Keens (crown land purchaser) http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7305206 Hatcher Index
abt 40 thousand years earlier 1835 Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Victoria Hatcher Index


From To Resident More Info Data Source
1975 to date Private Hatcher Index
1958 1974 Teresa & Guiseppe Cinquergrana Hatcher Index
1943 1957 Alexander Brander Hatcher Index
1941 1942 Miss Amy E Powell Hatcher Index
1936 1939 Jessie Hughs Hatcher Index
1921 1935 Julia Smith & Johanna Green Hatcher Index
1910 1920 Mary Friend Hatcher Index
1908 1909 Ernest Shallard Hatcher Index
1894 1907 Laurence Blake Hatcher Index
1886 1893 Charles Hunt Hatcher Index
1885 1885 Rd Miller Hatcher Index
1884 1884 George Miller Hatcher Index
1883 1883 Fred Baderly Hatcher Index
1882 1882 Mrs Hale Hatcher Index
1881 1881 Rob Hood Hatcher Index
1880 1880 Thomas Young Hatcher Index
1879 1879 Willam Larkins Hatcher Index
1877 1878 Alexander White Hatcher Index
1874 1876 William Mount Hatcher Index

Social History

1906. Ernest Shallard.

Ernest Michael Shallard was born in 1878 in Carlton Victoria, his father, Tom, was 35 and his mother, Roseanne, was 21. He married Margaret Anne Jeffery in 1906 in his hometown. Margaret Anne Jeffery was born in 1880 in Katandra, Victoria, her father, Samuel, was 31, and her mother, Catherine, was 28.They had three children and lived at 5 Miller Street West Melbourne.

The attached article from the news paper states he ran a shop in Victoria Street.

North Melbourne Courier

1897 Laurence & Margaret Blake nee Kemelor’s daughter Mary Elizabeth Erin Blake, 23years of age.

Laurence Blake was born in 1846, the son of Catherine and George. He had one son and one daughter with Margaret.

The Argus

Context and Streetscape

The current property resides within the municipality of the City of Melbourne. We respectfully acknowledge it is on the traditional land of the Kulin Nation.
source: https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/history-city-of-melbourne.pdf
historical map source: https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/search-discover/explore-collections-format/maps/maps-melbourne-city-suburbs


The controls listed below affect this property:


This streetscape contains a collection of historic Victorian and Federation buildings. The homes are socially and historically significant buildings for the early development of North & West Melbourne in their own right.

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